Liang Gallery will present a solo show, Huai Mo Village Project, by artist Hsu Chia-Wei at Art Basel Hong Kong 2016, Insights Sector.
This project relates the stories of remnant Chinese troops on the border regions of Thailand and Myanmar (Burma) who withdrew to these areas after 1949. The troops face multiple cultural identities and the embarrassment of being of an unrecognized identity. People who live under the specter of history end up producing an ambiguity absent in ordinary people.
Huai Mo Village focuses on a story of a priest in Huai Mo Village in Chiang Mai, Thailand, who during the Cold War served as a confidential informant for the CIA. He is also the founder of a local orphanage that offers shelter to a great number of kids. Hsu invited the orphans to form a filming team and to help him to capture multiple narratives of the Cold War era.
For another video work, Ruins of the Intelligence Bureau, Hsu Chia-Wei invited veterans of the former Intelligence Bureau aged between 60 to 80 to participate in the filming of the video about personal memories, myths, and politics, which took place at the site of the Intelligence Bureau in Huai Mo Village. Hsu used the abandoned office of the demolished Intelligence Bureau as a set place and invited veterans to watch a traditional performance of Thai puppeteers.
Large-size installation Memorial Chamber of the Intelligence Bureau aims to construct a real museum of Intelligence Bureau, yet the museum will never be built in reality. Instead, the progress of the architectural plan becomes the artwork itself. Based on an anthropological approach, the artist works with specific communities of the exact locations where the incidents took place and develops a unique style of community art. Ultimately, the virtual museum will be displayed as an installation.
Other exhibits include a series of tapestries, which were made by the artist and children together in the orphanage, and feature themes that originated from the old photographs of the Intelligence Bureau, the process of working with children, and the vision of the Museum of Intelligence Bureau.
Otherwise, four artists (CHEN I-Chun, CHANG Li-Ren, WU Chi-Yu, CHEN Szu-Han) represented by Liang Gallery have been selected for inclusion in the the Film Sector at Art Basel Hong Kong 2016. These new media artists, from a calm and objective point of view, look deeper at the status between Taiwan and international community. The viewers are brought into a deep mode of reflection.